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Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for all the trees. Times like these do have some silver linings and make us appreciate businesses, people, things, and times we may have unintentionally taken for granted.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:09

MORRIS: Update on COVID-19

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I would like to say hello to the people of Rockingham and Richmond County and give you my wishes for a healthy day for you and your family. I am Steve Morris and I am very proud to serve as Mayor of Rockingham. Today is Tuesday, March 31. I would like to give you a Richmond County update on the current Coronavirus that is the No. 1 topic in the world. 

One-size-fits-all, top-down policies are poor matches for communities of widely varying density, character, risks, and concerns.

Monday, 30 March 2020 14:46

COLUMN: Shelter in place isn't sustainable

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Over the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the number of cases requiring hospitalization won’t shoot far above the maximum capacity of hospitals and other health providers.

I know a lot of you are bored. I'm pretty bored myself. I find that being bored makes me more tired than being active. I think it should be the other way around, but that's not what happens. Boredom causes more of us to be tired and hungry than anything else. 

Friday, 27 March 2020 15:19

COLUMN: 'We are in this together'

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Our world is going through a pandemic just as it did a hundred years ago. Back then it was called the 1918 flu or Spanish flu. Today it’s called the coronavirus.

On March 23, 14 U.S. Senators from both major political parties asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Michael Carvajal, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to “transfer non-violent offenders who are at high risk for suffering complications from COVID-19 to home confinement.”

You can always count on the government to take advantage of a crisis, legitimate or manufactured.

This coronavirus pandemic is no exception.

Few people want to spend time these days debating the finer points of constitutional law and government’s separation of powers. That makes sense. Until we know the limits of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, most people prefer to focus on actions that keep themselves and their families safe.

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